“Give me some music; music, moody food, Of us that trade in love.”
Declared Shakespeare’s character Cleopatra in (obviously) Anthony and Cleopatra. And what a trade in love and human emotions the man I am off to see tonight, thrives in. Sooooooo excited. Ben Folds is playing Dublin and I am going. He is one of the current greats – not a stadium rocker, but a serious artist who avoids being a chin stroker – with the right balance of self mockery and self confidence – with a skill at the piano second – or at least an ability to entertain second to none. I remember him once slating the quality of the piano at a venue (the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall) – but it certainly didn’t seem to have an effect on his performance! His songs are always cleverly constructed and well executed live!
I am a bit concerned about how many songs from this mediocre new album he has out with Nick Hornby – but he may be able to make them literally come alive on the stage! Fingers crossed!